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Speaker Quinn, MOUSE and Fordham University Release Report on MOUSE Squad Student Performance

May 8, 2009, New York, NY – Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Education Committee Chair Robert Jackson and Technology Committee Chair Gale Brewer today joined with MOUSE to release a report on the performance of the citywide technology in education program “MOUSE Squad.” The study was conducted over the course of three years by Fordham University and evaluates the impact of the technology education program in New York City schools.

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Anti-“Scratchiti” Legislation will Require Etching Acid Vendors to Maintain Purchasing Information

City Hall, May 6, 2009 – At today’s Stated Council meeting, the members of the City Council will vote on legislation to track the sales of etching acid by requiring sellers to keep records of purchasers for one year. These records would be made available to the police to help enforce anti-graffiti legislation.

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Reverend Al Sharpton, John Jay President Jeremy Travis to Participate in Community Forum

City Hall – Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Council Member Inez Dickens announced today that they will convene a summit in Harlem to combat gun violence in the community. The summit will take place in the auditorium at Harlem Hospital on June 3rd from 4 to 7 p.m.,

Reverend Al Sharpton will join Council Members Robert Jackson and Melissa Mark-Viverito, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, John Jay College of Criminal Justice President Jeremy Travis, members of the clergy and anti-gun violence activists in an effort to find ways to fight and prevent gang and gun violence.

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I want to thank Mayor Bloomberg for his presentation this afternoon of the fiscal year (FY) 2010 budget.

The City is facing the worst financial outlook since the 1970s, but thanks to the surpluses we have accumulated over the last several years, the outlook for this year is not as bad as it could have been. However, the projection for FY11 and FY12 continue to raise serious concerns, with projected gaps of $4.6 billion and $5.2 billion respectively.

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The House of Representative’s passage of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Bill is a great victory for civil rights in the United States. It sends a message that our nation will not tolerate those who would commit an act of violence against anyone based on who that person is, or they are perceived to be. And it finally broadens the federal definition of a hate crime to recognize such violence regardless of when or where it is carried out.

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First in the Nation Legislation Will Retrofit Older City Buildings for a Greener Future

City Hall, April 22, 2009 – At today’s Stated Council meeting, Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, together with Environmental Protection Committee Chair James Gennaro and Council Members Daniel R. Garodnick, Dominic Recchia and Melissa Mark-Viverito, will introduce the final two pieces of a legislative package that will have a dramatic impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from New York City buildings.

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Today we take another giant step towards full equality in New York State. Again, I acclaim Governor Paterson for demonstrating his continued, great leadership in the fight for marriage equality. I stand with him today, together with other supportive elected leaders, to call on all state legislators to come and stand with us, and bring marriage equality to same-sex couples in New York State.

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Qualifying New Yorkers Should Take Advantage of the EITC with Only One Week until Tax Day

New York – City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council Member Eric Gioia, and Bishop Mitchell Taylor today reminded New Yorkers to take advantage of the City’s free and low-cost tax preparation sites with just one week left until April 15th. The City’s free tax preparation sites ensure that low-income New Yorkers take full advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit, a tax benefit they are entitled to receive.

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“For the second time in less than a week, we have seen a great victory for civil rights. I applaud the Vermont State Legislature for their vote today, which made Vermont the fourth state to offer full legal marriage equality to all of its citizens.

“This is truly a cause for celebration, and further proof that our nation is marching inevitably towards justice.

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